It’s the end of an era.
Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday was one of the most anticipated events of the season. Not only because the label is considered a fashion heavyweight, but because it also marked the final LV show for menswear creative director Kim Jones. It was announced earlier this week that the English designer would leave his post after seven years with the French fashion house.
“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury menswear today,” Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive of LV, said in a statement. “All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”
For his swan song, Jones decided to do something totally new: For the first time ever, he featured two female models in his LV menswear show. But they weren’t just any models, of course. He tapped the iconic Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.
Both women strutted down the runway in LV-monogramed trench coats and combat boots. At the end of the show, Campbell and Moss joined Jones for his final bow—a very satisfying ending to this LV chapter.
Jones later thanked the supermodels on Instagram, explaining their cameos were a nod to early 2000s LV, when Marc Jacobs was helming the label.
“[This] was really a thank you and reference to @themarcjacobs early 2000s Vuitton and the fact that he was the one that gave me the opportunity to be @louisvuitton,” he wrote.
It’s unclear what Jones’ next move will be. There are rumors he could head to Italian fashion house Versace or storied English label Burberry.